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Poverty isn’t permanent.

Too many children and their hardworking parents know too well what it’s like to live without. Without food or a place to call home. Without a job that offers advancement opportunities. Without a doctor. Without the knowledge that college is an option. Without opportunity.

Poverty is a small word that weighs heavily on the shoulders of many North Texans – nearly 600,000 of them who make the impossible choice between paying rent and putting food on the table.

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The Challenge

Poverty is complex and comes in many forms. Its face is ever-changing and may be one you recognize among your neighbors, co-workers, and friends.
Our community goal is to move 250,000 people out of poverty permanently by equipping hardworking people with the knowledge of how to keep more of what they earn, and providing the tools and training needed to get and keep better jobs and establish savings.

Right now in North Texas


of Dallas residents lack three months' worth of savings needed to avoid financial crisis in case of a layoff, a reduction of income, or other emergency


Dallas has the highest child poverty rate among cities with a population over one million


By 2030, 60% of jobs will require post-secondary completion, but only 30% of high school students currently go on to complete post-secondary education


At 41%, our area’s poverty growth rate between 2000 and 2012 outpaced the total population growth rate of 5%


Poverty is growing twice as fast in DFW suburbs as it is in urban areas


of working families in North Texas do not make enough to meet basic expenses

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This challenge is bigger than lifting families just above the poverty line.  Families need more than the minimum wage to move forward and achieve financial stability.  The necessary annual* income for North Texas is:


* defined as the income needed if a family is responsible for their own health premiums and is not saving any money for college, retirement, or even emergencies

We currently fund 44 programs focused on providing pathways
out of poverty and 20 programs focused on emergency
and basic needs assistance.

Job skills training

Working with area employers, our Pathways to Work program provides post-secondary skills training and credentials that lead to better paying jobs.

Job placement

We build direct connections between hardworking applicants and prospective employers through United Way-funded work readiness courses, placement services, and small business programs.

Financial coaching

We provide financial literacy courses about budgeting, debt reduction, and credit monitoring/improvement through programs such as Family Financial Center, and we offer simple strategies online through MyMoneyDFW to help more families get, manage, and protect their money.

Tax-time savings

We connect low-income families with IRS-certified tax preparers to maximize their year-end refunds and create a foundation for savings through Community Tax Centers.

Since 2011, we have invested over $15 million to put over 121,000 people on the path to financial stability.

8,700 individuals have found jobs

9,400 individuals have completed job-training courses such as GED or computer literacy

Almost 24,000 individuals have participated in a financial education course teaching fundamentals such as how to develop a budget, save, reduce debt, and improve credit

27,000 individuals received a total of $45.9M in tax refunds to provide a foundation for savings


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